F69, after a 12.8m storm hit the coast 4 months after sinking, is in three pieces off the south coast of the capital of New Zealand, Wellington City. Declared an amazing dive, both the numerous species of fish and divers are thoroughly enjoying this worldclass divewreck.
SAFETY COMES FIRST!Wreck diving is challenging and adventurous for recreational divers, but also carries with it potential risks. The risks posed to divers include entrapment, getting lost, injury from sharp protrusions, and decompression sickness (bends).
All divers must have a recognised SCUBA diving qualification. The divewreck site is not suitable for inexperienced divers without a guide and intending divers should satisfy themselves that they have an appropriate level of training, certification and experience to undertake the planned dive. Where any doubt exists, dive with a licensed dive tour operator.
It is recommended that divers have completed a minimum of 30 open water dives before diving this site, and only divers with suitable equipment, training and experience, should attempt to enter the wreck. Ensure you dive safe, only dive with a buddy that is also suitably qualified. Solo diving is definitely not recommended.
All diving on Wellington's South Coast is done in open sea conditions. For your safety and comfort, ensure you only venture out for diving trips in good boating weather. Again, we recommend that you dive only with a licensed dive tour operator if not familiar with the area.
Due to the serious risks posed to divers by hooks and entanglement in discarded fishing line, general boating and fishing on and around the reef is prohibited.
The sinking of F69 (the former HMNZS Wellington), occurred at 3.25pm, on 13th Nov 2006.The following March, 2007, F69 was snapped into three by massive 13.5m waves over three days, as illustrated below. See the power of the ocean, dive F69!